CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This is a brief introduction to one of the main roles of the Centre for Theology & Community – congregational development…

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In CTC’s report Just Church: Local Congregations transforming their neighbourhoods we show how a combination of theological reflection and the use of the practices of community organising has enabled churches in very different traditions to develop lay leaders; foster a culture of relationship-building, and engage more effectively with neighbours of other faiths for the common good.  We believe that this congregational development through community organising can benefit both the church and the wider community.

Our vision is to see more churches adopting the practices of congregational development through community organising, and to see churches draw out the benefits of these practices into more areas of church life. As a relatively young discipline in the UK, we also want to reflect on and develop the ‘practices’ themselves as we grow in experience.

An increasing number of churches want to work with us to achieve this, and so we now work with Citizens UK to deliver a one-year Action Learning Community for churches of all denominations and traditions who want to develop their congregations through Community Organising.

The programme is based around seven hallmarks of community organising – and we are now developing a second year of the programme with a focus on numerical growth, as an increasing number of the churches with whom we work are finding organising leads on to the making of new disciples.

For more information, please contact the Centre Director Angus Ritchie.

 

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